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The irony here is that it was Roethlisberger himself who talked about distractions and specifically teammate Antonio Brown after Brown’s sideline Gatorade tossing outburst late in an unimpressive win in Baltimore.


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Cam Heyward walked into the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room earlier this week less than 24 hours removed from a humbling home loss to Jacksonville , his portable speaker blasting a playlist that served as a not so subliminal message for a team in search of good vibes.


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"Just sometimes it just needs to even out, but positive energy is a good energy."," Heyward said Wednesday. "I don't know if it's a big thing or not


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There was the "botched' decision to sit out the national anthem against Chicago last month, one that was meant to serve as a symbol of unity but ended with left tackle Alejandro Villanueva saluting the colors by himself while his teammates stood in the tunnel 50 feet away due to a miscommunication.


A week later wide receiver Antonio Brown held a one-sided bout with a water cooler in a moment of frustration after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger failed to find him running free early in a victory over Baltimore, a "temper tantrum" that led Roethlisberger to publicly chastise Brown multiple times and led to Brown issuing yet another in a growing list of apologies for diva-like behavior.


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Throw in Le'Veon Bell's frustration over not getting enough carries against Jacksonville's league-worst run defense and the Pro Bowl running back's own Twitter battle with former Steelers safety turned commentator Ryan Clark and it's easy to forget the Pittsburgh is in first place in the AFC North heading into Sunday's visit to unbeaten Kansas City.


Center Maurkice Pouncey good-naturedly chalked up the melodrama to "fake news." Still, there's also a sense that enough is enough.


"As a team I think we've got to learn how to grow up, then we're going to be straight."," linebacker Ryan Shazier said. "I feel like just the NFL in general just so much noise you hear every week and people just need to focus on football. We focus on football


While Roethlisberger stressed he hasn't lost confidence in himself, he also bristled when asked if he'd like to get back to talking about his job instead of the latest dust-up for a team that can't seem to go more than a few days without one.


" Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "As you can see I'm not really shaken by last week,"I think you guys are much more panicked than we are, or nervous and worried so we're getting ready to go play football this week."


 fitting a pattern that's become almost a rite of fall during the team's run to three straight playoff berths. Pittsburgh starts off shaky,Something the Steelers have done only sporadically well so far, drops a couple of seemingly winnable games against teams with a lackluster resume then gets it together late.


 the Steelers were 3-3 before going 8-2 the rest of the way to win the division. In 2015,In 2014, they were 6-5 heading into December but rallied for the wild card. Last year they found themselves at 4-5 after a last-second loss to Dallas before ripping off nine straight victories to reach the AFC title game.


This year was supposed to be different. So far, it's not. Yet there are no concerns about a snowball effect from the distractions — each sparked by the actions of a player or players before mushrooming — having some sort of long-term effect.


" Heyward said. "There's going to be tempers, not everything is going to be perfect,"It's a long season, there's going to be stuff said. It's just about tempers and focusing on what you can control."


And that focus is on shoring up a run defense that's been erratic and getting an offense long on talent but short on touchdowns into something resembling a rhythm and not trying to sew up any signs of dissension, because they insist there aren't any.


" said Moats, that's probably the first time since I've been here we've had to really sit down and have a discussion on something other than football, who signed with the Steelers in 2014. "Any other time,"When we had that anthem thing,<a href='http://www.steelersfootballauthentics.com/...att-jersey-authentic' title='T.J. Watt Vapor Untouchable Jersey' target='_blank'><strong>T.J. Watt Vapor Untouchable Jersey</strong></a>, it's just media being media or just fans being fans and we just leave it at the door."


Of course, Moats and the rest of his teammates know there's one simple way to put it all to rest.


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Hines Ward thinks he knows exactly what the Steelers' problem is, and it has everything to do with the team's leaders.


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 was always seen as a guy who would do anything for his team. He was known as much for his willingness to block as he was known for catching passes. Then guys like Bettis,<a href='http://www.giantscheapstore.com/b.j.-goodson-jersey-cheap' title='Womens B.J. Goodson Jersey' target='_blank'><strong>Womens B.J. Goodson Jersey</strong></a>, a 14-year NFL veteran, who may not have been the fleetest of foot,Ward, would always fight for extra yards and get stronger deep in games. That was a lead teammates followed.


Antonio Brown? Getty Images Antonio Brown


Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is known as much for getting fined for end zone dances as winning reception titles and running back Le'Veon Bell held out for more money. Meanwhile, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a checkered past and veteran linebacker James Harrison doesn't start anymore.


Many around the league have noticed the rifts in the Steelers locker room and Ward simply echoed those worries.


 the talent is there,“Yes," he said. "But is the leadership there in the locker room?”


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